Author Archive: Randall Newton

Randall S. Newton is Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.

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PTC is connecting the digital prototype and the physical product

PTC is connecting the digital prototype and the physical product

Its LiveWorx conference on the Internet of Things has 1,000 more attendees than expected. The yottabytes are coming sooner than you think.  Today’s factories turn digital prototypes into physical products, says PTC CEO Jim Heppelmann. But what becomes of the virtual model after the real one exists? The physical product never connects back to its […]

New TurboPDF from IMSI/Design makes PDF-based workflow more affordable

New TurboPDF from IMSI/Design makes PDF-based workflow more affordable

$99 for professional PDF creation, editing, and management. For years CAD vendor IMSI/Design has supported PDF as an output from its various design products. Now it has taken its knowledge of PDF one step further and written a new program for creating PDF documents and integrating them into a business workflow. New TurboPDF is useful […]

Lower services revenue, currency issues lead PTC to lower second quarter

Lower services revenue, currency issues lead PTC to lower second quarter

Software revenue up 8% in constant currency; Internet of Things is a skyrocket. [Editor’s Note: This article was updated May 11, 2015 with the addition of our custom charts. ] PTC (Nasdaq: PTC) today reported a slightly down second quarter, citing a complicated mix of currency fluctuations, the intentional shift away from service revenue, the […]

Two 3D development platforms on one license

Two 3D development platforms on one license

TechSoft 3D offers HOOPS as complementary Cloud and Desktop development kits. Tech Soft 3D, a leading developer of 3D software development toolkits, has streamlined its HOOPS platform into two complementary platforms. Today the company releases HOOPS Cloud Platform and HOOPS Desktop Platform, which software developers can use to provide 3D CAD data exchange, visualization, and […]

Trimble extends Bentley relationship into HVAC fabrication

Trimble extends Bentley relationship into HVAC fabrication

Vulcan HVAC sheet metal software now works with Bentley i-model technology for easier data sharing. Trimble is extending its ongoing technical relationship with Bentley Systems by creating an integrated workflow between its Vulcan sheet metal cutting software for HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning) and Bentley’s AECOsim Building Designer software. The move expands the companies’ ongoing […]

The Foundry releases non-commercial version of Nuke video compositor

The Foundry releases non-commercial version of Nuke video compositor

This new non-watermarked version of Nuke 9 has few functional restrictions. Visual effects software house The Foundry has released a non-commercial version of its popular video composting software Nuke. The software is available to anyone who wants to learn the software, but stands as a separate product from The Foundry’s educational products. Every film nominated […]

Blender to drive creation of animation feature

Blender to drive creation of animation feature

Popular Dutch comic book character Agent 327 will appear on the silver screen for the first time. The Amsterdam-based Blender animation studio and film production company Fu Works will make a feature length animation movie based on Agent 327, a popular Dutch comic book character. Hendrik Ijzerbroot, AKA Agent 327, is a secret agent working […]

Strong SolidWorks sales boost Dassault Systèmes in first quarter

Strong SolidWorks sales boost Dassault Systèmes in first quarter

Total revenue is up 17%, net income up 30% from a year ago. By Randall S. Newton Dassault Systèmes today reported a strong first quarter, buoyed by strong sales of SolidWorks and other primary engineering products, and by the changing landscape in world currencies. Total revenue in 1Q15 (ended March 31, 2015) was €651.5 million […]

Virtualization leader joins SPEC workstation graphics group

Virtualization leader joins SPEC workstation graphics group

VMware brings more cachet to existing virtualization standards support. Virtualization specialist VMware has joined the SPEC Graphics and Workstation Performance Group (SPEC/GWPG) as a new member. The company is also a member of the SPEC Open Systems Group and the SPEC Research Group. The SPEC Graphics and Workstation Performance Group is a leader in standardized […]

Autodesk throws support behind Academy’s ACES color management standard

Autodesk throws support behind Academy’s ACES color management standard

The move increases interoperability at the most technical and demanding levels of color management. Autodesk is providing support for the new ACES 1.0 color management and interchange standard as established by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The company says Flame Premium creative finishing software, Maya 3D animation software, and Shotgun and RV asset management software will […]